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Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

(70cl, 57%)

Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

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Octomore 06.1 Bottling Note

The sixth edition of experimental Octomore, famous for being made with the most heavily peated barley on the planet. Bruichladdich are still able to impart a delicate, graceful emphasis within this intense whisky.

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Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley Reviews

The angels got their share, but we've got the best bit.

Sipped 17 Apr 20, lightening up and integrating nicely the last few years. Smoother than two years back, peat is still lively and not too caramel-ey, but still firm. The peatiest experience. Lovely.

18th April 2020

Five star great depth

I had this whisky over a few evenings of a Bordeaux River Cruise with Viking and found it a fantastic experience that will need to be repeated. Well done to Viking for holding it for guests.

14th April 2019

I would give this a 92 to 93 rating.

So far my favourite of the x.1 series and better than most x.3 series. Have not had the 6.3. Anyone who is disappointed is likely not a true peated scotch drinker.

6th November 2018

Another fantastic Octomore

The usual Reddit trolls are on this page too (eg, the comment "it's a good $20 whisky"). Ignore them. This is one of the best Islay's on the market.

17th April 2018

Chameleon of Indulgence

Purchased this expression in the Cayman Islands for a mere $230 CA . Expensive yes, but it is worth every penny. Upon opening the cork, Islay peat, smokey ribs and sweet and sour notes emerge initiating a mouth watering reaction. A small sip brings these notes immediately to fruition. Delicious. Adding a drop of water changes the profile after a few minutes. In fact, letting it breathe after a drop and a swirl will also change the liquid adding more complexity and evident changing notes. Sweetness emerges as the smoke lingers in the back. Truly an dram fit for a king.

12th April 2018

not bad, but not worth it

Waiting to own a bottle for a long time now... to give it away:
it's pretty much of a disappointment..

Pretty sharp alcohol, only slighty medical, less smoke than expected...
a lagavulin/smokehead has much more smoke here.

Surprisingly sweet and the smoke fits in quite flawlessly, but lesser than expected.. not much more to recognize... not the smoky explosion i expected. Reminds me of talisker 57° but missing the salt..
Still quite enjoyable.

medium length, some nice smoke, revealing a hint of oak

A nice whisky for 5 years of age, but then again, for 5 years of age fuckin expensive..
I don't know what kind of benchmark the phenols should be if there's more intense stuff
around in any respect.

Without respecting the price: 4
With price tag involved: 2

25th January 2018


Mind blowing. Something truly different to the run of the mill malts being pushed out these days. If you love Islays get 2 you will want to drink one....and save one. A collectors item in the future

22nd September 2017


This has got to be one of my favourite, if not my favourite whiskeys. This is an exceptional single malt. It has a very bolt peaty and smokey flavour that is so moreish. I treated my self to a bottle of this after trying it in bars twice and I loved it! I paid £140 for it and can honestly say it is worth every penny, baring in mind that previous to this I had never spent over £35 on a bottle of whisky. I am relatively new to whisky but I have tried many. This one is special!

8th August 2017

5 stars

Maximum taste in all directions!

9th September 2016

Peaty, rich, smooth

I'm not sure how they packed this much smoky peat (167 ppm), a high alcohol content (57%), with young age (5 yrs), and produced such a smooth, rich, delicious whisky. I like Ardbeg Uigeadail, but this is smoother AND peatier. I love Lagavulin 16, and I would describe this Octomore as an exponentially stronger, peatier manifestation, yet the same underlying taste and smoothness. I made the mistake of following the Octomore with a dram of Lagavulin, and I tasted no peat in the Laga.

23rd August 2016

Explosiv taste

This is a very good whisky

18th June 2016


Very nice nose to it.definitely sipping and not on the rocks. A hint of peat which was very nice.
Extraordinary smooth. Will be buying a bottle soon

16th January 2016

Best Whisky EVER!

I'm a huge peat lover, tried moat all of them and this bottle is by far the best scotch I've ever tried! Get a bottle while you still can!

5th December 2015

First timer

this is the shit to beat.

11th August 2015


This is "the most heavily peated barley on the planet". Yup. A big Laphroaig fan I had to give it a try. Sure its phenols are higher, but that's really just because it's bottled at (or nearly at) cask strength. Watered down to 48%-ish, I really couldn't tell the difference in peat strength between this and the Laphroaig quarter cask. But the Laphroaig had far more character than this one. This just rang hollow. I'm glad to have tried it, but sure wish it hadn't cost as much as it did. Doubt I'll be getting a new one anytime soon. (And totally agree with prev review about the bottle, not knowing how much is left!)

29th July 2015

dr. greek

do not waste your money on this....heavy, unbalanced, tasteless (excluding the extremely peated part, this is not a whisky...
probably the most peated in the world by far not even close to the average whisky

15th June 2015


this is a love or hate scotch, I love smokey peaty scotch so this I absolutely love. no refers at the price.

22nd May 2015


I find this to be truly, an amazing expression, it's light to start with, it is very satisfying, it has a really long after taste, it lingers, true peat lovers will love it.

11th April 2015

Citrus, tar and peat

A very good scotch. As a peat fan this is just what im looking for most of the time. To me Octomore taste like a mix between Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Kilchoman cask strenght and Big Peat. Strong citrus (kilchoman) and tar (ardbeg) notes, couples with alot if peat. Dosent feel smokey like a Laphroiag or Lagavulin, mostly dominated by peat. And its more peaty than any Arbeg, Kilchoman, Laphroiag or whatever. Think it also reminds me alot of Kilchoman since their bottles are about the same age as Octomore. I have to withdraw one point because of the price. Basically I wont be buying much of this because of the price. I can get two bottles of something equally good instead.

6th April 2015


Ignore the negative reviews...

Iodine rich, new leather shoes, salty, young and fresh and briny...and a dollop of brown sauce on smoked bacon to roughen it up a bit. Something sweet and zesty sits underneath it all. Ok, its young, and you can tell, and it hits you with a spicy dryness, but don't be fooled by the phenol level; it manifests as cooling menthol between the sheets of smoke, and at no point is it over-powering. One more thing, do try without water; if you can get your tastebuds accustomed to that dry, tannic spice, you are in for a treat. Some fires just shouldn't be doused.

And thanks, Master of Malt, for the complimentary magazine!

24th March 2015

What a croc of shit

this is a raw, rough unsophisticated whisky
typical brunch laddish try to shovel out product before its time
it's a good $20 whisky
tone avoided

9th February 2015

Loved it.

Huge flavor and aroma. But, does not stick to you like some other peated malts.

30th January 2015


excellent Whisky. You can taste the raw hand made flawors, in perfect balance. This is a good example of a whisky that you dont drink to get drunk. This is pure travel into hart of a Whisky.

26th January 2015

6.1 new

But 1-5 gotta love em. My favorite is the 2.1- probably the best thing ever to cross my lips, other than what's her name?

27th September 2014


I just had to get this. As a heavy peat fan (i like heavy peated whisk(e)y, im not that heavy) I went to my local store and got a little discount. Now the taste is very very nice, but will stay with me a few days. This is the only dram i put a few drops of water in. I like everything about this but not the bottle. as i make my way through the bottle i have no clue how much is left only to be dissapointed when i run dry. CM

12th September 2014

Stands Alone

A sip and the peat smoke begins to seep out your pores, your follicles tingle and your body warms. After a few moments with a little bit of water, a sweet undercurrent emerges and yields an incredibly round wallop of flavor and a multiplicity of notes that you can ponder while you think about taking another taste.

22nd July 2014

Think I got a steal

Just bought a bottle for 119. Can't wait to crack it!!!

28th June 2014

Worth every penny

Amazing bottle. I went to my local scotch bar and had the pleasure to try this. This bottle is not a "heavy peated" knockoff like peat monster or something like that. This is the real deal. Delicious and wonderful as a night cap or to end the evening with. A very slow sipper. Had to go buy a bottle

5th June 2014

Spend Time With It!

This has to be one of the most amazing malts I've bought in recent years. The common mistake people make is to expect the huge peat blast that you get from a Laphroaig,Ardbeg or Lagavulin. This Bruichladdich needs time to open up and adding small drops of water helps things along. The malt has been peated on the mainland so it's not a medicinal tcp malt but a more bonfire woody peat hit that does come through very strongly but it has to have time to open up as it's rather complex. For a 5 year old whisky the maturity and complexity is phenomenal. Well done Jim :-)

28th April 2014

Good, good, good...

Love it since I first tried it on Islay... Toffee, malt and sweet fruits!

22nd March 2014

bit of a let down

having wanted to try an octomore for ages, i finally got a bottle. sadly it didn't live up to my expectations. tip if you buy a bottle, it is much better when water is added, brings out a lot more flavour. Not usually a fan of adding water to whisky (a cask strength man usually)but this one really needs it.

19th December 2013

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